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Edouard Mendy having medical at Chelsea with Kepa replacement on verge of transfer to take Blues spending to £222million

EDOUARD MENDY is undergoing a medical at Chelsea ahead of a move taking Frank Lampard’s summer spending to a whopping £222million.

The goalkeeper has agreed personal terms after his club Rennes accepted a £22m offer from the Blues.

And Mendy is now having medical tests as Chelsea prepare to announce his transfer in the next 24 hours.

The Senegal international, 28, emerged as Lampard’s top target after Chelsea were told to cough up £32m for Lille stopper Mike Maignan.

Mendy, who stands at 6ft 6in, helped Rennes finish third in Ligue 1 last season to secure Champions League football for the first time in their history.

Mendy is now set to challenge Kepa Arrizabalaga for the No1 spot.

And his task was certainly made easier after the Spaniard made another horrendous clanger, this time in Sunday’s 2-0 home defeat to Liverpool.

Mendy becomes Chelsea’s SEVENTH signing of the summer.

And it means Lampard will have spent £222m, even though two of those seven players arrived for free.

Centre-backs Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr were snapped up for nothing from Paris Saint-Germain and Nice respectively.

Hakim Ziyech cost £36m to sign from Ajax, with £45m spent on Leicester’s Ben Chilwell.

Meanwhile, Chelsea paid £47m to release Timo Werner from his RB Leipzig contract.

They then matched their club transfer record by shelling out £72m on Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz - the same fee they spent on flop goalie Kepa two years ago.

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